At 8 A.M. on Sunday, January 6, 2002, Joe1 sat down for his morning cup of coffee. As was his routine, he had already stepped into the cold of a New England winter morning to retrieve the newspaper. His family had subscribed to the Boston Globe for years, accustomed to its edgy coverage of issues relevant to the urban New England city and its smaller outliers, including Joe’s own town of Wellesley, Massachusetts. Particularly given that more than half of the greater Boston population identifies as Catholic, it was no surprise that the paper would cover the upcoming trial of Father John Geoghan. Geoghan had been accused of sexually abusing a ten-year-old boy while pastor at St. Julia’s in nearby Weston. But it was the front page headline that caused Joe to pause.
Aware of Geoghan record, archdiocese still shuttled him from parish to
In shock, Joe read that Boston’s Cardinal Archbishop Bernard Law had knowingly transferred Father Geoghan from parish to parish despite more than 130 allegations of abuse toward children, mostly young boys. It was a revelation that rocked Joe’s fifty-eight years as a Catholic.
When Joe’s wife came downstairs that Sunday morning, his first words to her were: “You’re not going to believe this. This is just like